June 19, 2006 |
Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman to lead any church in the global Anglican Communion when she was elected as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopalians approved the ordination of women. The selection seemed likely to provoke controversy, since most other Anglican communities do not allow female bishops.
October 30, 2007 |
A theologically conservative bishop whose election to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina was invalidated by the national church has gained approval a second time and will be consecrated Jan. 26, officials said in Charleston. The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence was first elected bishop last year. But the national church's Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori took the unusual step of invalidating the election, saying church law had not been followed.
July 8, 2008 |
The Church of England's ruling body voted to press ahead with steps permitting women to become bishops, a move that risks further division because it lacks accommodations for traditionalists opposed to the idea. The decision came at a meeting of senior church leaders in which one bishop broke down in tears. More than a dozen other Anglican churches around the world have authorized women to serve as bishops. The U.S. Episcopal Church is led by a woman, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
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March 17, 2008 |
The nominee to replace a breakaway bishop ousted by Episcopal leaders is meeting with San Joaquin Valley congregations ahead of an upcoming vote. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head of national church, has recommended Jerry A. Lamb to serve as the new bishop for the Diocese of San Joaquin. National church leaders on Wednesday removed Bishop John-David Schofield as the head of the Fresno-based diocese, which seceded last December over the Episcopal Church's ordination of women and gays.
October 5, 2008 |
Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church, with which it differs on issues ranging from homosexuality to biblical teachings on salvation. Assistant Bishop Henry Scriven said the vote meant the Pittsburgh diocese is now more firmly aligned with the majority of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, which is more conservative. "I am delighted that what we have done today is bringing the Diocese of Pittsburgh back into the mainstream of worldwide Anglicanism," Scriven said.
June 24, 2006
Re "Episcopal Church Elects Its First Female Leader," June 19 Thirty years ago, the Episcopal Church began ordaining women as priests and then, in time, as bishops. Isn't it interesting that the primarily male House of Bishops would vote Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to lead them during this difficult time? Why is this a problem? It wasn't for them. Jefferts Schori says it's time to move beyond the issue of homosexuality to the real work -- that of ministry. I couldn't agree more.